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    1864 Indian Head / Flying Eagle Cent Mule
    Judd-362, Struck in Copper-Nickel, PR62

    1864 1C Indian Cent / Flying Eagle Cent Mule, Judd-362, Pollock-428, Snow-PT2, R.8, PR62 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. A mule that combines the regular Indian cent die from 1864 (No L) with the obverse of an 1858 Flying Eagle cent. Struck in copper-nickel with a plain edge. This fantasy coin was most likely produced for sale to collectors. Specialist Rick Snow writes: "This is a very rare and unusual mule. Its reason for striking is unknown, except that it is undoubtedly what one would call a fancy piece." There is simply no legitimate reason for producing a small cent from the obverses of two different designs. That, of course, is part of what makes this Indian Head / Flying Eagle cent pattern so extraordinary.

    It is believed that three to four examples exist today, with the variety's first public auction appearance occurring as early as an October 1868 Mason & Company sale, lot 570, according to USPatterns.com. This piece has been traced to the Lee Lahrman Collection, where it was sold as part of a lot of 15 copper-nickel cents from 1856 to 1869 that included the 1863 and 1864 With L, 1865, 1866, and 1869. It reappeared as a single lot in a November 1974 Paramount sale, and then again when we offered it more than 13 years ago. Here, once more, is a rare chance to obtain this remarkable Indian and Flying Eagle cent mule.

    This is a sharply struck representative and appealing in spite of the PR62 grade. The surfaces are bright with significant reddish patina around the margins. A few stray marks and spots of discoloration have no impact on the desirability or importance of this small cent rarity. They are all that stand in the way of a higher numeric assessment.
    Ex: Lee Lahrman Collection (Abe Kosoff, 2/1963), lot 918: Grand Central Convention Auction (Paramount, 11/1974), lot 354; ANA National Money Show (Heritage, 3/2007), lot 1575; Collection of Samuel J. Berngard & Treasure Coins of the S.S. New York (Stack's, 7/2008), lot 4179.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29GU, PCGS# 60532)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    View all of [Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part III ]

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